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Bristol Rovers v Carlisle United preview

Jabo Ibehre. Credit: PA

Carlisle United welcome top-scorer Jabo Ibehre back for their League Two fixture away at Bristol Rovers this weekend.

But manager Keith Curle says there's no guarantee the striker, who has ten goals, will make the starting lineup.

Ibehre has been out for seven weeks with a hamstring injury, so will lack sharpness.

If he does get a run out he will certainly fancy his chances against a nervous defence... Rovers haven't won at home since August.

But, as Curle pointed out in his press conference this week, he's competing with Steven Rigg, Charlie Wyke, Derek Asamoah and Hallam Hope for a starting place in the front line.

It'll also be an interesting game for Curle - Bristol Rovers was his first professional club, so he'll be hoping for a happy trip home.

If Carlisle United win away in Bristol they'll return to the play-off places, and it'll set them up nicely for next month's FA Cup tie at Welling United.

South of Scotland League results

Credit: Richard Sellers/EMPICS Sport

The South of Scotland League weekend football results:

  • Creetown 4 - 2 Lochar Thistle
  • Edusport Academy 4 - 0 Wigtown & Bladnoch
  • Fleet Star 1 - 3 Abbey Vale
  • Heston Rovers 1 - 3 Mid-Annandale
  • Newton Stewart 3 - 1 Dumfries YMCA
  • Nithsdale Wanderers 1 - 3 Crichton
  • Upper-Annandale P - P St Cuthbert Wanderers


Carlisle complete thrilling fightback against Yeovil

Carlisle United. Credit: ITV Border

Carlisle United have secured a thrilling 3-2 home win against League Two's bottom side, Yeovil Town.

The Blues had a shocking start, going two nil down in the first ten minutes thanks to Ryan Bird's header, and Harry Cornick's low shot.

But they showed the character to pull an all-important goal back before half-time, defender Michael Raynes heading in.

After the break Carlisle were resurgent.

Newcastle loanee Macaulay Gillesphey headed his first goal for the club to equalise, and then Raynes scored his second to give the Blues all three points.

The result puts Carlisle in eighth, just one place below the playoff spots.

Three-year match ban for two Carlisle United fans

3 year football ban for 2 Carlisle men Credit: ITV Border

Two men were convicted of football related offences on Monday at Carlisle Magistrates Court and York Magistrates Court.

Michael Junior Green, 20, of Marks Avenue Carlisle, pleaded guilty at Carlisle Magistrates Court and was given a 3 year football banning order. He was one of the 12 arrested at the Hartlepool United v Carlisle United game on 29 August.

Scott Dixon, 27, of Linton Close Carlisle, received a 3 year football banning order at York Magistrates. Dixon was arrested at York City v Carlisle United on 19 September.

Superintendent Justin Bibby said

The vast majority of those who attend football matches are friends and families who just want to enjoy the game. Unfortunately there are a minority who have other intentions and engage in behaviour that can spoil the occasion for others.

We work alongside the clubs to deal with the anti-social behaviour and convictions such as these demonstrate our commitment to put those responsible before the courts where they may have to deal with the consequences for a number of years.”

– Superintendent Justin Bibby

South of Scotland: Weekend fixtures

South of Scotland football Credit: ITV Border

South Of Scotland League

Saturday 10th October 2015:

  • Creetown v Newton Stewart
  • Dumfries Ymca v Crichton
  • Lochar Thistle v Abbey Vale

South Of Scotland League Cup 2nd Round:

  • St Cuthbert Wanderers v Edusport Academy
  • Wigtown & Bladnoch v Heston Rovers
  • Fleet Star v Mid Annandale
  • Upper Annandale v Nithsdale Wanderers

SFA South Regional Challenge Cup 1st Round

Friday 16th October 2015:

  • Mid Annandale v Gretna 2008

CUFC: spirits high despite Jabo injury

Carlisle United are in League Two action away at Stevenage Borough tomorrow.

The Blues know a win could move them into the play-off places.

Having secured ten points from their last five league games, striker Charlie Wyke says spirits and confidence are high despite top scorer Jabo Ibehre being out with a hamstring injury:

Well I think the gaffer's brought a few good players in, obviously Jabo's here and there's Angelo and people like that, but I think that all together the group's tighter knit now and everybody just gets along with each other and it's just a positive place to be at the minute.

Obviously Jabo's been great since he's been here and he's got ten goals already.

He's gonna be a big miss but I think we've got players in Derek, Riggy, and even the new lads Alex, they can fit in and score some goals."

– Charlie Wyke, Carlisle United


South of Scotland league fixtures

This weekend's South of Scotland League fixtures (3pm kick offs):

  • Abbey Vale v Lochar Thistle
  • Creetown v Upper Annandale
  • Crichton v Newton Stewart
  • Dumfries Ymca v Fleet Star
  • Edusport Academy v Wigtown & Bladnoch
  • Nithsdale Wanderers v Mid Annandale

Tuesday 6th October 2015:

  • Newton Stewart v Crichton - Kick Off 7.30pm

Wednesday 7th October 2015:

  • Abbey Vale v Upper Annandale
  • Edusport Academy v Nithsdale Wanderers
  • Heston Rovers v Creetown
  • Mid Annandale v Fleet Star
  • St Cuthbert Wanderers v Dumfries Ymca
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